Browse Publications Technical Papers 2011-01-1525
2011-05-17

Sound Transmission in Automotive Turbochargers 2011-01-1525

Turbochargers are common parts of a modern automotive engine. This paper presents an overview of the recent studies performed in the competence center for gas exchange studies at KTH on the sound transmission in turbochargers. The compressor and turbine of the turbochargers are treated as acoustic 2-ports and the scattering matrix for these devices are determined. A unique experimental facility established in the competence center for gas exchange research at KTH has been utilized to study the turbochargers at a variety of operating conditions systematically selected from compressor and turbine charts. A description of the experimental procedures to determine the acoustic 2-port data including techniques implemented to improve the quality of the results is presented. Results from a number of experiments on various modern automotive turbochargers including a unit with variable turbine geometry (VTG) are included. By plotting the up- and downstream transmission loss data against a dimensionless (He-number) frequency scale general characteristics for the sound transmission of turbochargers is found.

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